The reading for today is Mark 1:29-31.
29 As soon as they(he) left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
Jesus had just left the synagogue where he had healed a man with an unclean spirit. He was becoming famous as a healer and the news was being spread throughout the area. In going into the house of Simon and Andrew, he was told about Simon’s ill mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. In these times a fever was almost a death sentence as medicines, antibiotics or other treatments were expensive, rare and available to only the wealthy. The reading describes Jesus as taking the woman’s hand and lifting her up and she was cured. She just didn’t feel a little bit better, as she was fully cured. The woman felt normal and then set about to serve Jesus and the others with him.
What a remarkable miracle! Jesus does’t just make you feel better, he completely and wholly cures. The woman feeling wonderfully cured, does her best to entertain her healer and guests to the best of her ability. What an incredible blessing for her and her family.
Have you ever felt completely healed or cured after a difficult time in your life? It doesn’t have to be an earthquake moment, or a flash of lightning? It may be the Peace that passes all understanding, or just a pleasant calm after a storm or upheaval in your life. We don’t need big moments, sometimes the miracles are everyday small things that we didn’t notice or forgot to be thankful for happening in the first place. These everyday occurrences are God being ever present in our journey of life.
Christ gave health and life to the woman as he also does to us. She thanked him by serving him and going about her chores. We are also given health and life everyday in a variety of ways. We live very differently now during the pandemic. God is watching over each step and each day. We need to realize that and see the beautiful moments of small miracles He does in our everyday lives. Be thankful and get to work doing what we are supposed to be doing as the woman in the story did.
Dear Lord, Please continue to watch over us as we go about our work and play each day. Let us be thankful for the small miracles that happen every day in our lives and be thankful to you as we strive to do your work in the world.
Prayer concern: Please remember those who lose hope when they can’t see God in their lives. Give them strength and courage to know that God is always watching over them.
Alternative Verses Psalm 147:1-11, 20c, 1 Corinthians 9:15-23